Important Things to Say..

At Child’s Voice we teach students to listen and to talk. We are extremely good at it. In fact, we are experts in the field!

Parents are so excited when their child with hearing loss starts to talk! They love to listen to them go on and on about their friends, teachers, or what game they played at recess. THEY LOVE IT!  We all love this.  How can you be upset over your child talking, when you’ve worked so hard to get them talking?

There is a time, however, when the child’s excitement or single minded focus is so great that they become interrupters. When this happens, it’s the perfect opportunity to teach some pragmatic skills, social manners, and the “art” of interrupting to the child.  Don’t treat their interrupting as a crime by saying, “Never interrupt me,” or, “You’re being rude.”  Children are often so focused on what they want they don’t understand that interrupting a conversation can be considered rude in our culture. Again, they may be overly excited, eager or even worried.

So here’s what can be done,

  • If you acknowledge them, doing so may help calm them.  Give them the attention they are seeking.
  • Teach your child to place their hand on your arm, you in turn squeeze their hand to acknowledge you heard them, and then ask them to wait for you to finish talking.
  • Finally, compliment them by saying, “Thank you for waiting quietly while I was talking.”

If the child is older and comprehends more language, you can teach them how to join the conversation by making a remark such as, “Wow, that was fun to hear.”  For more helpful tips on managing interruptions, please click here!

Listening – then responding – is a powerful tool to have.  Happy practicing!

Fondly,

Dr. Michele